Tim Ashley
Tim Ashley
Hello, my name is Tim Ashley, and I have lived in Goshen for more than 11 years now. I enjoy reading, researching and writing about local history very much. I particularly enjoy railroad and transportation history, but also other areas, too.

I've written articles for the online exhibit of the Elkhart County Historical Museum, I have published a small book about the history of west Goshen and I am a writer, editor and photographer for a local newspaper.
In my blog I want to share my enjoyment of local history with others by showing glimpses of the past in photos and short articles.

Many of my blog posts are in Elkhart County, but also Kosciusko, Whitley, Huntington, Fulton, Wabash and possibly other counties.

Jefferson Township School’s sign still stands, commemorating the early Elkhart County school

Jefferson Township School once served as an elementary and high school for the area. Though the building no longer stands, a marker commemorates the one-time learning center.

Posted on July 1, 2014 at 11:48 a.m.

According to Dean Garber’s book about one-room schools in Elkhart County, construction began in 1928 on a two-story building on the northwest corner of S.R. 15 and C.R. 20 in Jefferson Township, Elkhart County. By 1929 Jefferson Township School, an elementary and high school, was finished.

Tim Ashley is a local history buff who has written a book about the history of west Goshen and makes a living as an editor, reporter and photographer at a local paper. He’s a community blogger for The Elkhart Truth, and you can read more of his work on his blog, Local Remnants.


As was so typical of many schools built then, there was a stage on one end of a small gym. Those gyms would not usually meet the needs of today’s schools, but they all seemed to have something different or unique about them. This school no longer stands, but is now remembered by this marker. There is a Jefferson Elementary School nearby that is part of the Middlebury Community Schools. In 1964 the township schools of Middlebury, Jefferson and York consolidated to form what is now the Middlebury Community Schools. Jefferson Elementary students will eventually attend Northridge High School.


Would you like to become one of The Elkhart Truth’s community bloggers? Get in touch with our community manager, Ann Elise Taylor, at ataylor@elkharttruth.com with a little information about yourself and what you’d like to blog about.


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